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Syrian parliamentarian denies to be tortured
Former member at the Syrian parliament has denied his being exposed to torture while in prison over an accusation of violating the constitution for promoting more political freedom.
Syria, Politics, 8/1/2003
Algerian president voice will to up ties with Morocco
Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has voiced determination to work with King Mohammed VI for the reinforcement of cooperation and complementarity between the two neighboring countries.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 8/1/2003
UN Security Council adopts resolution on Moroccan Sahara
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted on Thursday resolution 1495 on the Sahara, whereby the Council continues to support the efforts of the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, and his Personal Envoy, James Baker, on the basis of agreement between the two parties.
Morocco-UN, Politics, 8/1/2003
Moroccan Sahara issue: Morocco takes good note of lack of reference to settlement plan in new U.N. resolution
Morocco on Thursday said it "takes good note" of the terms of the new United Nations Security Council resolution, particularly the lack of reference to the settlement plan, and renewed sincere readiness for frank dialogue with all parties concerned.
Morocco-UN, Politics, 8/1/2003
Al-Assad supports Arab resolve
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has stressed that Syria is working for boosting Arab solidarity and for activating the joint Arab work in support of Arab steadfastness.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 8/1/2003
Morocco disappointed by Spain's position over sahara issue
Moroccan foreign affairs and cooperation minister, Mohammed Benaissa, said Morocco is disappointed by Madrid's position over the Sahara question in the United Nations Security Council, noting that Spain, which is currently acting as president of the UN council, played the role of a judge and a party in the conflict.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 8/1/2003
Al-Thawra director general removed
News reports in Damascus said that the prime minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro issued removed the director general and chief editor of al-Thawra newspaper Fahd Diab, less than one year after assuming his post in the newspaper.
Syria, Politics, 8/1/2003
Iraqi foreign ministry reopened, Bremer: elections next year possible
The US administrator of Iraq, Paul Bremer, said yesterday that it is possible to organize general elections in Iraq in less than one year. A matter which paves the way before the occupation forces to leave the country.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/1/2003
Abdullah: Abbas's talks in Washington show American's seriousness
Jordan's King Abdullah II considered during his meeting with the two members of the US Congress Tom Delay and Ander Crenshaw who visited Amman yesterday that the talks held by the Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas in Washington reveal the seriousness of the American administration to supporting the peace process.
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 8/1/2003
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Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has appreciated the developed Syrian-Turkish relations in all fields stressing that this will play a role in realizing stability on the regional level.
The Sahara issue can be settled only through dialogue and negotiations "between us (Morocco) and the active and effective axis of this dispute, namely sisterly Algeria," Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Mohamed Benaissa, said.
Turkish Milliyet and Joumhoureh daily newspapers have stressed that Syrian and Turkish relations are witnessing accelerating progress, adding that Syrian-Turkish relations are distinguished and are progressing stressing Turkey and Syria's wish to enhance these relations.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received yesterday Lebanese former Speaker of the Parliament Hussein al-Husseini on bilateral relations.
Jordan's King Abdullah II received in Amman yesterday the commander of the US Central leadership, Gen. John Abizaid. A statement issued by the Jordanian royal palace said that Abdullah discussed with Abizaid "several issues relating to bilateral relations as well as latest developments of conditions in Iraq."
The spokesman for the Secretary General of Arab League Amr Moussa yesterday stressed the AL rejection of the "misleading" American accusations addressed against Saudi Arabia about terrorism.
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk Al-Shara received in Damascus on Thursday advisor of the UN Secretary General Special Representative in Iraq, Ghassan Salama.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid, received here on Wednesday ambassador Alvaro Gurgel de Alencarnetto, envoy of Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to the king.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI promoted here on Thursday at the Royal Palace, Princess Lalla Meryem, chairwoman of social welfare of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) to the rank of Major-Colonel.
A high ranking Jordanian official said in a press statement in Amman yesterday that two of the daughters of the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Rana and Raghad who are accomapnied by nine children arrived yesterday in Jordan where they will enjoy Jordanian protection. The Jordanian official was not able to define who are the children accompanying Saddam's two daughters.
US President George W. Bush has formally renewed the U.S. sanctions against Iraq, citing continued instability in the country, as well as the need to "ensure the establishment of a process leading to representative Iraqi self-rule."
"Israeli occupation forces imposed Thursday curfew on the West Bank town of Jaba’, south of Jenin. Eyewitnesses said that a large military Israeli force incurred into the town from different axis then imposed curfew on the town." The Palestinian Authority IPC reported yesterday.